'Product quality and healthier options are eating marketing'

US food next wave on display at Winter Fancy Food

A veteran of attending the annual Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, just-food's US columnist Victor Martino reflects on the changes s...

Kraft Heinz eyes Unilever deal

Does Kraft Heinz want to swallow Unilever whole?

Kraft Heinz's takeover bid for Unilever came as something of a shock today – not least because of the seeming unlikely pairing of the 3G Cap...

Schneider (left) remains committed to health and wellness strategy

Focus: Nestle CEO plan to balance sales, earnings

Announcing's Nestle 2016 results today (16 February) newly-installed CEO Mark Schneider revealed growth at the Swiss food giant came in belo...

Kellogg hopes DSD exit  will pave the way for profitable growth in US snacks - but risks remain

Will Kellogg's DSD exit help it grow in US snacks?

Kellogg's decision to end the direct store delivery (DSD) of its snacks in the US is expected to give the company's profitability some momen...

Mead Johnson  buy suggests RB is placing greater emphasis on its health division

Why Reckitt Benckiser moved for Mead Johnson

Mead Johnson has been the subject of takeover talk ever since it was spun-off from pharma group Bristol-Myers Squibb in 2009. Today's (10 Fe...

Mondelez says it will increase the investment behind its power brands - but at what cost?

Is Mondelez's margin target hurting sales?

Mondelez International has delivered a lacklustre set of 2016 numbers but the snacks giant, which has been buffered by a challenging operati...


Hershey's 2016 results and 2017 outlook - 5 things to learn 7 Feb 17

Hershey's 2016 results and 2017 outlook, issued on Friday (3 February), suggested both a stronger finish to the year than the preceding nine months had suggested and confidence on this year's earnings above that seen on Wall Street. Nevertheless, analysts still had questions on Hershey's earnings expectations, on its performance in China and on its plans for its cost structure. Dean Best reports.


DineEquity's latest international push, Taco Bell makes debut in China, Shake Shack names first COO - foodservice focus, January 2017 6 Feb 17

The opening month of 2017 saw a raft of notable developments at some of the major names in the foodservice channel. Dean Best analyses the latest goings-on at three: DineEquity, Yum China and Shake Shack.

Thought Leaders


Unilever launches operational review

Katy Askew | 22 Feb 17 Unilever launching strategy review

European consumer goods giant Unilever has announced it is launching a review of its operations in order to "accelerate" the value it can give to its shareholders. 


China issues latest plan to improve food safety

Wang Fangqing | 22 Feb 17 China issues latest plan to improve food safety

China’s state council, the country’s cabinet, has issued a five-year plan to improve food safety and risk management across the country.


Glanbia focuses on nutrition with Irish dairy spin

Katy Askew | 22 Feb 17 Glanbia focusing on growing nutrition units after separating dairy business

Glanbia has announced plans to form a joint venture for its dairy business in Ireland as the group booked higher sales and earnings for 2016.

Recent News - (Updated: 9:58pm 22 Feb 2017)

Arla expects "significant" sales growth in 2017

Maple Leaf buys US plant-based group Lightlife

Tyson to make antibiotics-free push in US retail

Give and Go acquires United Baking's muffin unit 

Tiger Brands to quit Kenya

Bega profits up but sees "more challenging" H2

Bimbo shutting Canada Bread facility 

Maple Leaf earnings rise on lower costs

"We haven't had a customer ask for antibiotic-free" - The just-food interview with Sanderson Farms CFO Mike Cockrell, part one 22 Feb 17

Dean BestSanderson Farms says majority of US consumers 'do not care' about use of antibiotics in meat

Meat processed without the use of antibiotics has become one of the fastest-growing areas of the sector in the US. Fears over antibiotic resistance in humans, as well as the expanding underlying demand for food perceived to be cleaner or simpler, has driven a number of the country's processors to reappraise how they use antibiotics. One company that is so far refusing to go down the antibiotic-free path is poultry processor Sanderson Farms. Dean Best spoke to Sanderson Farms' CFO, Mike Cockrell, to find out more.


Sanderson Farms CFO Mike Cockrell on US poultry prices, benchmarking, Trump and Mexico - the just-food interview, part two 22 Feb 17

Dean Best'Benchmarking good for consumers because it makes us all more efficient'

The US poultry sector has been under scrutiny in recent quarters, with a number of the largest processors named in a lawsuit alleging companies fixed prices and questions over the use of a key, weekly chicken-price index. Throw in tough market conditions, concerns over the trade priorities of the Trump administration and the rise of meat alternatives and there is much for poultry industry boardrooms to ponder. Dean Best chewed the fat with Sanderson Farms CFO Mike Cockrell.


Wessanen eyeing growth in European organic market - interview from Biofach 2017 21 Feb 17

John Shepherd'Organic business will continue to grow' – Wessanen executive VP for marketing Klaus Arntz

Wessanen, the Netherlands-based food group, enjoyed a solid 2016 and last week forecast stronger growth in sales and operating margins this year. The organic sector is one of Wessanen's key markets and, talking to just-food at last week's Biofach trade show in Germany, executive VP for marketing Klaus Arntz set out where the company sees its growth in the category.

Fyffes to face Ethical Trading Initiative disciplinary committee

Dean Best, just-food editorial team Dean Best | 17 Feb 17

A year after union officials alleged Fyffes abused workers on plantations in Central America - and called on the produce giant to be kicked out of the Ethical Trading Initiative forum - the company is set to go before a committee at the UK-based organisation.


Could 3G Capital's next move be in foodservice?

Dean Best, just-food editorial team Dean Best | 15 Feb 17

Much of the chatter about where 3G Capital could look next has centred on packaged food - but might the private-equity fund be about to extend its foodservice empire?


Safety allegations could tarnish Mead Johnson's reputation

Katy Askew, just-food editorial team Katy Askew | 10 Feb 17

Headlines that Mead Johnson's board has backed Reckitt Benckiser's takeover bid will no doubt overshadow the other news on the group this week – that it is facing a US lawsuit from a “whistle blower” over alleged breaches of safety procedures.

Kraft Heinz approaches Unilever with merger offer

Kraft Heinz approaches Unilever with merger offer

3G Capital and Warren Buffett's latest move in food has been to sound out the Ben & Jerry's and Knorr owner about a combination.

Nestle's new CEO unveils 2016 results - and sets out stall

Nestle's new CEO unveils 2016 results - and sets out stall

The numbers from the world's largest food maker included its slowest growth for 20 years, while new boss Mark Schneider ended the company's long-standing sales target and set out plans to step up restructuring.

All change at Aryzta

All change at Aryzta

The Switzerland-based bakery group, facing questions over its performance from some investors, has announced the resignations of its CEO and CFO.

Reckitt Benckiser's surprise move for Mead Johnson

Reckitt Benckiser's surprise move for Mead Johnson

The Dettol-to-Durex owner has tabled a takeover bid for the US-based infant formula group.

Consumer and Market Insights: Bakery and Cereals in the UK

Consumer and Market Insights: Bakery and Cereals in the UK

The Bakery & Cereals market in the UK is led by the Bread & Rolls category in terms of both value and volume, while Cereal Bars are forecast to register the fastest growth among all categories during 2015-2020. Hypermarkets & Supermarkets represent the largest distribution channel for Bakery & Cereals in the country... Read more

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